Notes: The 2001 Civic has transmission problems, transmission problems & more transmission problems. Did we mention transmission problems? And a dangerous defect with the front airbag that didn't get recalled for 10 years.

Although eventually the defective 2001 Civic airbag inflators were fixed under recalls in 2011 & 2013, that meant for 10 to 12 years airbags were activating with excessive force where metal fragments went shooting into passengers when the airbag deployed.

As for the 2001 Civic's transmission woes? Honda conducted a major transmission recall in 2004 & settled a class action lawsuit for defective transmissions in 2006. But, neither the recall or the lawsuit included the 2001 Civic.

Last thing to consider - the 2001 Civic is the most-recalled car ever, closely followed by the 2002 Civic & the 2001 Accord. The 2001 Civic is the 4th most-recalled vehicle overall, only a Ford truck & two Ford vans have more.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
116,426 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2001 Honda Civic Owner Comments

problem #12

Apr 192016


  • 120,000 miles


The drivers and passengers airbags did not deploy during a frontal impact crash involving a Honda Civic and GMC Yukon truck. My vehicle the Honda Civic was heading on a two-lane street at approximately 35 to 40 miles per hour before impact into a stopped truck making a left turn across oncoming traffic while Honda was in motion the brakes were applied. Cause is unknown at this time on why the airbags did not deploy. All recalls have been complied with for the 2001 Honda Civic. Recall 13V-132: Recall 14V-351 completed. Number of open recalls are zero at this time.

- West Hills, CA, USA

problem #11

Mar 212015

Civic 4-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Unintended acceleration. Engine rev went to 3000 RPM while stopped at a traffic light. Kept car stationary by pressing hard on the break. First and only occurrence; also almost the first and only day the car was driven with cruise control operational.

- Baton Rouge, LA, USA

problem #10

Nov 092014


  • 131,000 miles
Started car drove it to work, about a mile into drive engine stalled, car started to sputter, then stall again. Took to mechanic, it was a faulty ignition switch. 1997-2000 Honda Civic models were involved in a faulty ignition switch recall, I wonder if 2001 should have been included as well.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #9

Jul 202013


  • 152,000 miles


I was traveling in neighborhood streets (30 mph speed limit), and without warning, the car's automatic transmission slipped out of gear and would not engage the engine again. Pressing on the gas pedal would only result in revving the engine, much like in neutral setting. The major key problem here is the transmission failed without any prior signs of distress, failure, warning and etc. I was lucky in that I was traveling on neighborhood streets and could easily pull over to the curb; this would have been a major issue for me and others traveling on the highway at 80 mph in the middle of the highway... this issue has been well documented on sites such as this:

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 092014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 117,000 miles
The check engine light came on while we were on the highway. After checking the code and the fluids we continued driving with no issues. The code did not say anything about the transmission going out. After 15 miles the cars transmission gave out with no warning leaving us stranded in a town with no Honda dealership.

- Lawton, OK, USA

problem #7

Feb 092014

Civic 4-cyl

  • 170,000 miles
We got into a head on collision with a SUV receiving damage to the front of the car. None of the airbags deployed, but both deployed in the other car (SUV). There were two recalls for our Honda Civic airbags in 2010 and 2013. In both recalls our Honda Civic was serviced and the "driver airbag inflator" was replaced. We were told the repairs were made, but the airbags never deployed. We do not want this to happen to anyone else.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #6

Jul 312012


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Honda Civic. The contact was driving 30 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact then noticed that smoke was emitting from under the hood area just as the engine area caught on fire. The contact was able to exit the vehicle without injuries. The fire was extinguished by the local fire department. A fire report was not filed. The vehicle was destroyed and towed to a salvage yard. The manufacturer was not notified of the incident. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- Arliington, TX, USA

problem #5

Jun 062013


  • 137,000 miles
Upon entering expressway, going to change lanes - transmission totally failed. Nothing but engine reving when pushing on accelerator. No warning lights, nothing. Almost got killed due to truck having to stop as we coasted off highway. Upon having vehicle towed to dealer (Honda lisle) and going on line I find that this is a very common occurrence for this vehicle and model year. Why has there not been a recall notice on this. This is truly a danger to the drivers of this vehicle. There are thousands of similar experiences posted online.

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #4

Apr 232013

Civic 4-cyl

  • miles
The right wheel began shaking making it difficult to drive. I took it to a mechanic who said the motor mounts had weakened and the motor was sitting on the axles. Has there been a recall on the motor mounts at any time?

- Leighton Alabama, AL, USA

problem #3

Mar 022012


  • 235,000 miles
Was turning left and when I went to go the cars rpms went up but the car didn't just didn't do it once but three times at three different stops...the transmission wouldn't allow the car to move.....where's the recall? almost got hit from behind on one of the incidents...

- Desert Hot Springs, CA, USA

problem #2

Nov 222012

Civic 4-cyl

  • 88,108 miles
I was yet another unfortunate victim of Honda's cheap transmission and I say cheap in that it doesn't work properly not that it is cheap to get it repaired. No that is over $2000 according to my local Honda dealership. After taking such good care of my car diligently taking it in for oil changes and tune ups at Honda's recommended mileage; I am severely disappointed. I had just pulled up to a busy stop light, when the light turned green I hit the gas and my car moved forward like usual, but suddenly right as I past the intersection the car's transmission started slipping and then just died. I shut the car off, started it back up and some how after a few minutes managed to get the transmission to hold just enough to pull it into a turn off. I had numerous people honking and yelling at me to get off the road. Honda if you're listening, I won't be buying another vehicle from you. NHTSA if you're listening please I implore you to do an investigation this could very likely cause someone to get hurt or killed.

- Junction City, KS, USA

problem #1

Jan 242013

Civic 4-cyl

  • 71,000 miles
Driving on high way and car just stopped and almost got hit from several vehicle behind me ! due to transmission failure.

- Greentown, PA, USA

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